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Joseph R. Johnson
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1860
Miller County
Missouri, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1930
Miller County
Missouri, USA

Joseph R. Johnson was born in Miller County on April 2, 1860 in the Big Richwoods, northeast of Iberia, in what today is called the Brays community. He was a son of Joseph J. Johnson and Elletha Rowden, both natives of East Tennessee. Joseph and Elletha married in Roane County, Tennessee on 8 Nov 1840. Elletha was a daughter of Meshac Rowden and Sarah (McNabb). Her parents married in Roane County on May 5, 1816.

Meshac and Sarah came to Miller County in the early 1840s with Joseph and Elletha Johnson. William and John Rowden, brothers to Elletha, also came to Miller County at the same time. Meshac Rowden was the first person buried in the old Brays cemetery that was located on land that Meshac and Sarah bought when they came to the Big Richwoods.

Joseph J. Johnson, father to Joseph R., was a justice of the peace in Richwoods Township in the 1850s and performed several marriages in the area. In 1860, he was one of only a hand-full of men in Miller County who voted for Abraham Lincoln in the Presidential election. Even though from East Tennessee, which was part of the "Old South", apparently Joseph did not favor the outlook of his southern neighbors concerning slavery.

During the Civil War years, five horses were stolen from the farm of Joseph Johnson by the Confederate troops passing through and Joseph shot into the group, injuring two soldiers. Three years later, about 1864/65, Joseph J. Johnson was called outside his home and killed in his front yard by Confederate troops who remembered what had happened three years earlier. It is probable he is buried at old Brays cemetery where his father-in-law, Meshac Rowden, had been buried a few years earlier. No stone marks his gravesite. I do not know how long Elletha Rowden Johnson lived after the death of her husband because no record of her burial place has been found either.

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  Charlotte Dake Johnson (1874 - 1930)
Mount Zion Cemetery (Old)
Miller County
Missouri, USA
Created by: don swafford
Record added: Aug 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75343094


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